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The 3 Peaks Challenge – One YMCA

11 October-13 October 2024£99 pp

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The 3 Peaks Challenge – One YMCA

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The Three Peaks (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon) are the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales. The challenge is to climb each of these three peaks – one after the other!

Fundraising

Please note that One YMCA are offering places on their Three Peaks Challenge at a greatly discounted rate of £99pp on the basis that you will reach a fundraising target of £1,000. However, should you not be able to reach this target, you will be expected to pay an additional £376 to cover event costs.

As a charity, any losses from these events impact the vulnerable individuals they support.

 

Quick Facts

  • As part of the event fee, our services include guiding on all 3 peaks by experienced mountain leaders, transport from Manchester onwards to the start of the event (you can meet us in Glasgow if you prefer) as well as accommodation in a hotel the night before the event.
  • The 3 Peaks, 26 miles (42km) total horizontal distance, 3,000m (9,843ft) of vertical ascent
  • We have pick-up and drop-off options along the route to provide you with several different options – just choose the most convenient for you.  See our transport explained section for further details
  • Expert driving team with lots of 3 Peaks experience.  Please note: that for safety reasons we adhere to all road traffic safety regulations
  • Set open dates for individuals or small groups to join, or, bespoke events for group sizes of 8 or more – just ask if the date you want is not listed
  • Many years experience in providing this challenge
  • We aim to complete the challenge within 24 hours; some groups will take less time, others more – the fitter your entire group is, the more likely you will be able to fulfill the challenge!
  • You need to be pretty fit

About & Details

The Three Peaks Challenge is an attempt to climb the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales in ‘one go’.  These peaks are Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England, and Snowdon in Wales.  Other bespoke options are available, including doing the challenge from south to north – to discuss alternatives or any ideas you may have feel free to call our friendly team.

We travel to Fort William on the Friday, starting with Ben Nevis on the Saturday morning, climb Scafell Pike that night and finish Snowdon on Sunday in Wales.  This is a tough event and people participating should have the necessary fitness and be prepared to do without sleep!  If your aim is to complete the event in 24 hours then we will need to complete Ben Nevis in 5½ hours, Scafell Pike in 4½ hours and Snowdon in 4 hours.  The standard for measuring your official total time on the event is mountain time plus a fixed 10 hour drive time.  The challenge is supported by qualified mountain leaders and a driver will be with you all of the way.  We’ll do everything we can to get you through the challenge as quickly as possible.

We have many years experience in delivering this challenge.  Over the years thousands of people have completed the event with us – we’d be delighted to help you with yours!

Inclusions

  • Professional event organisation
  • Qualified mountain leaders
  • Transport between Manchester and Ben Nevis with pick ups en route
  • Transport between the 3 peaks
  • Drop offs between Snowdon and Manchester after the challenge has finished
  • One nights’ twin room accommodation with breakfast.  (Single rooms are subject to availability at a supplement of £90 per person)
  • Group first aid kit with qualified first aider
Exclusions
  • Travel to and from designated pick up and drop off points
  • Evening meals, lunches and beverages
  • Personal insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects)
  • Personal equipment (e.g. walking boots, rucksack, waterproof jacket and trousers, torch, hat and gloves)

Optional Extras

  • Single Room Supplement £90.00 per person (subject to availability).

Environmental Responsibility

Over the years concerns have been raised about the impact the 3 Peaks Challenge has on the environment and the local residents surrounding these peaks.  The main concerns raised is an increase in traffic and noise in rural areas at unsociable hours, litter, erosion of the peaks through people taking short cuts and in particular the lack of water and toilet facilities at Wasdale Head.

At Maximum Adventure our ethos is to always respect the areas we work in.  The company was set up by people who enjoy the mountains and respect the impact people climbing them have on the environment and local residents.  When running our 3 Peak Challenges we adhere to the fundraising guidelines which were produced by the Institute of Fundraisers in line with the various authorities for the 3 Peaks. We mainly run small groups of between 10-12 people with experienced drivers and mountain leaders with them ensuring best behaviour on the mountain and not impacting on rescue services.  In fact, on several occasions, our mountain leaders have acted as ‘rescuers’ by leading lost groups we found on the hill off the mountain!  We always stick to the official paths on the mountains so not to cause any environmental damage to the mountains, and we contribute to the maintenance of these paths.  We make donations to the Highland council for the upkeep of the paths throughout the year.  In the cases where we operate larger groups we seek prior approval from the various mountain authorities.  We have worked closely with these authorities over the years and have a very good working relationship with them.  We also manage groups access to the peaks to reduce the amount of people coming into and out of an area at any one time.

We aim to climb Scafell Pike before the midnight cut off time, thereby reducing the impact our arrival and departure has on local residents.  We always have our own water supplies so we do not use local supplies and do all that we can to ensure our clients have access to appropriate toilet facilities outside of the area. Our drivers remain with the minibuses and ensure there is no excessive noise or illegal parking.  We take the safety of our participants very seriously, and stick to driving regulations with separate non-walking drivers, making sure sufficient breaks are taken.  We believe we are one of the most responsible operators on the hill and continually endeavour to improve our services whilst protecting the beautiful environment we operate in and ask that all of our clients respect our working code when travelling with us.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Friday 11 October 2024

    Meet at designated pick up points and transfer to Fort William.  Check-in to your accommodation, evening briefing, route planning and equipment check with your guide.  Time to unwind.

  • Day 2 - Saturday 12 October 2024

    Early breakfast then depart for Ben Nevis at approximately 7am.  Ben Nevis should be a round trip of around 5½ hours.  Afternoon transfer to the Lake District and evening ascent of Scafell Pike, which should be a 4½ hour round trip.

  • Day 3 - Sunday 13 October 2024

    Night time transfer to Snowdon and early morning ascent.  This is a round trip of approximately 4 hours.  Drop off at Manchester Piccadilly train station

Disclaimer

Please note: This itinerary is a guide only.  It can be subject to change dependent upon viability, course members’ fitness and weather conditions.

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Reviews

Find some of the reviews our wonderful customers have left for us below, or read them all here!

Heather Parr
3 months ago

Maximum Adventure exceeded expectations, planning a trip for me last minute and off season through the glorious Lake District. The hotels were top rate, as was the food and my daily gluten free sandwich. Nathalie got the route guide sent to me in a couple of days and the baggage service was impeccable. It was the only tour guide company that responded immediately to my last minute request. Looking forward to more adventures with your company!!!

Chris Evans
3 months ago

David and I walked the Speyside Way in September 2023 and very much enjoyed the adventure. Maximum Adventure Ltd organised our nightly accommodation and uplifting of our luggage in a seamless manner, which made the whole trip so easy with no stress. This is the second time that I have personally used Maximum Adventures Ltd and I would recommend them to others as they offer a friendly and efficient service.

Göte Fredriksson
4 months ago

We realy appreciated the tour we did on Hadrians Wall path in May.Beautiful scenery, decent weather, god arrangements including lodging, transport, bagagehandling etc. We came well prepared . In this preparation Maximum adventures gave us great support, as we are coming from abroad with no knowledge of conditions on the path. We had great BnBs and could concentrate on de daily walks that gave us great pleasure.Thank you England and Hadrians Wall path for your friendly reception and well mantained walking path.Thank you Maximum Adventures for your good service.We would love to come back in the future.

Jerry Kashinski
4 months ago

Maximum Adventure did a great job for us. With less than a month's notice, it set up an itinerary, lodging and luggage porterage for a walk from Carlisle to Newcastle, England along Hadrian's Wall. The lodging was fantastic, as was the itinerary and support during the walk. We'd definitely use Maximum Adventure again and would recommend them without reservation!

Fiona Reilly
5 months ago

I was part of a climb on 23/09, didn't think I would make ut, but I did. The descent was a different story.. I got jelly legs and lost my confidence. If it wasn't for James, my Sherpa would never have made it. Can't thank him enough, Will, met you briefly.Both of them were very knowledgeable, we had the most amazing views at the summit...the pain is still worth it and

Tom Graham
5 months ago

I walked the West Highland Way with my dad and brother. The organisation was excellent by Samantha. Itinerary and instructions were clear and all the bookings and luggage transfers went smoothly. As a result we were able to ensure the fantastic walk and not worry about anything. I would happily recommend Maximum Adventure to others.

Sarah Bracken
5 months ago

Absolutely brilliant guide - knowledgeable, interesting and humorous in addition to looking after our safety so well - making sure we ate and suggesting when to layer up! Would highly recommend!

Diana Straub
6 months ago

We just got home from our 8-days Hadrian's Wall hike and we just loved it!Everything was perfectly organized!We had great B&Bs and hotels with very friendly, welcoming and helpful staff. Our favorite was the Dacre House with Clare. But then again, all were great!The luggage was always at the day's destination, no matter how early we got to the accommodation.The description of how to get to the accommodations were clear and precise.The road map and the guide book were waiting for us as we got to the first B&B and were very helpful and interestingThanks, Maximum Adventure!

Kristin Hentschel
6 months ago

Praise for the West Highland Hike and the Maximum Adventure planners, esp. our planner Samantha. Great experience in every regard.

Simon Bradish
6 months ago

Booked for the 3 UK Peaks adventure, it was organised perfectly and everything when to plan. Accommodation was good, transport excellent, our guide (Patrick) brilliant, so cannot fault the trip and adventure. I personally expected too much from myself and was unable to fully summit as this adventure is not for beginners, I climbed Kilimanjaro in 2003 when I was 42 and twenty years later, although relatively fit, my endurance didn't last. So I did a half summit for Ben Nevis & Scafell, thanks to Patrick for letting go back down on my own, it was brilliant. With Snowdon, a half summit is tricky as you can't descend the way you go up, so I decided to do some hiking in the area while the rest of the group did the climb. I took a chance and went to the ticket office and managed to get a single return ticket up to the summit of Snowdon at 9am which returned down by 11.30am. I was hoping to see my group on top and spring a surprise but the weather was terrible. I highly recommend the trip but make sure you are fit enough otherwise as there is an emphasis on time, so a slow walk up is going to slow everyone down and really delay the trip. Have Fun, Simon Bradish

Charity Information

One YMCA exists as an organisation for the benefit of others, changing and saving lives every day. They support vulnerable individuals in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, and Buckinghamshire to belong, contribute and thrive; providing community critical services that maximise positive social impact.

 

The charity’s largest service area provides safe and secure housing to those facing homelessness and escaping rough sleeping. However, we provide so much more than just accommodation with their highly experienced complex-needs support teams addressing the trauma that has seen our clients trapped in a cycle of homelessness.

 

Their other service areas deliver a range of support tackling the issues facing local people, including:

  • domestic and sexual abuse support
  • family services
  • youth activities and mentoring
  • counselling for young people

 

If you would like to find out more about One YMCA, please take a look at our website Welcome – One YMCA or follow them on social media.

Why book with us

We know you have a choice of companies providing trips for your next adventures. Here are some of the reasons you should choose to travel with Maximum Adventure:

  • We are an established adventure travel business
  • We have been trading since 2002
  • We are financially protected in accordance with the 1992 travel regulation
  • Knowledgeable and available office staff
  • Qualified leaders and guides with ascents ranging from Ben Nevis to Mount Everest
  • All activities are risk assessed
  • We will provide you with the best service available
  • We are aware this is your holiday/your challenge and will do our best to make it an enjoyable and rewarding experience
  • We have many repeat clients stretching back over a number of years
20+ years adventure organisation experience
Full liability & financial protection
Leading provider of high quality adventure challenges
Great team of staff to support you